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‘L.A. Law’ Star Larry Drake Dead at 66

'L.A. Law' Star Time Was a Two Time Emmy Award Winner

Larry Drake, who is remembered for his two-time Emmy Award winning role as mentally-impaired office worker Benny Stulwicz on NBC drama “L.A. Law,” was found dead in his Hollywood home on Thursday. He was 66 and the cause of his passing is unknown.

Born on Feb. 21, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Drake performed in dinner theater across the South and later in Dallas before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. He joined the cast of “L.A. Law” in 1987 and remained with the series until its conclusion in 1994. Drake was also a series regular in ABC 1998 sci-fi drama “Prey,” and appeared in several movies in the 1990s including horror films “Darkman” and “Dr. Giggles.” He also voiced the role of Pops in animated “Johnny Bravo” and guest-starred in TV series “7th Heaven,” “Six Feet Under” and “Boston Legal” later in his career.

In recent years, Drake led classes twice a week at the Stephen Book Acting Workshop in Hollywood. He was married briefly to Ruth de Sosa, an actress, during his “L.A. Law” years. The marriage ended in divorce.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. R.I.P. Larry was a great actor as I loved him in L.A. Law and in the movies Darkman and Dr. Giggles, he was too funny in Dr. Giggles.